Hello, I recently joined this forum and this is my first post. I am a young aspiring educator who just applied to a credential program at a local university, and while I am waiting for that to begin I am trying to pick up work as a substitute teacher to get better acquainted with the classroom and earn some cash on the side before I start student teaching next fall. I know it's quite late in the year to start subbing, I had hoped to start much earlier than now but certain pieces took their sweet time to fall into place. I was hired by a local district last week and through their job search system I accepted a job to fill in for a 6th/7th grade Spanish class this Wednesday. The ability to speak Spanish is apparently "preferred, but not required." This is my first gig ever and while I am not a typically anxious person, this feels like a huge step and some thoughts in the back of my mind are feeding my anxiety, like "What if I am too much of a pushover to properly manage a classroom?" and "My area of expertise is English Literature, am I out of my depth here?" and "What if I just generally make a fool of myself?" I am calling the school tomorrow to hopefully speak to the teacher I am filling in for and ask him about his class and his lesson plan for Wednesday. Before then, I want to turn to this community to ask about your first-time subbing experiences. I just read a thread about someone who had a rough time in a high school classroom and while the details were intimidating, it was nice to see they made it through in one piece. I'd appreciate any advice that will help me get over the terror of sailing into uncharted waters. Thank you all in advance!